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    • Wednesday, December 01, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    This event is Online only.

    Questions about the value and future of the Western Alliance between the United States and Europe abound. From the continued relevance of NATO, to the pivot to Asia, and beyond, it seems that bonds between these countries are fraying. In addition, countries are asking questions about the future of the global order, with a rising world power who does not share the belief in liberalism. Finally, Americans are turning inward and away from engagement in foreign policy, leading to many of the same challenges that pre-dated World War II.

    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for a discussion with Ambassador David McKean, Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, about his two recent books: Watching Darkness Fall and Partners of First Resort. We will explore what lessons can we learn from through the eyes of top diplomats in the lead up to war. With authoritarianism on the rise around the world, liberal democracies need each other to support a free and open world. Insights into the direction of the Western Alliance will be vital to your understanding of where the world is headed.

    About the Speaker

    David McKean is a former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.  From 2013-2016, he served as the director of policy planning in the Department of State. In 2012, he served as director of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.  He is the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award and Superior Honor Award.

    McKean spent two decades working in the United States Congress: serving as chief of staff to Senator John Kerry (1999-2008) and chief of staff to Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II (1993-1994).  He served as staff director for the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009-2010, and minority staff director for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1998- 1999).

    McKean is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Duke University Law School, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

    About the Book

    Watching Darkness Fall will recount the rise of the Third Reich in Germany and the road to war from the perspective of four American diplomats in Europe who witnessed it firsthand: Joseph Kennedy, William Dodd, Breckinridge Long, and William Bullitt, who all served in key Western European capitals—London, Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Moscow—in the years prior to World War II. In many ways they were America’s first line of defense and they often communicated with the president directly, as Roosevelt's eyes and ears on the ground. Unfortunately, most of them underestimated the power and resolve of Adolf Hitler and Germany’s Third Reich.

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    • Sunday, March 13, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University - Dining Center

    Registration for NH Academic WorldQuest teams!

    Please register your team(s) and pay online or by mailing a check to the WACNH office: 2500 North River Rd. Manchester, NH 03106

    Please note: There are limited scholarship opportunities available to cover the registration fee. Please contact WACNH to inquire about how to apply.

    For more detailed information about the competition,

    please visit our AWQ 2022 page

    The 2022 Competition Topics

    1 - Where Climate and Migration Meet

    2 - Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S. Led Intervention

    3 - A Human Centered Agenda for the Future of Work

    4 - CDC and the Global Health Agenda

    5 - Technology and Democracy: Threat or Promise?

    6 - Great Decisions

    7 - 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies

    8 - Working for Peace through Legacies of War: The Case of Vietnam

    9 - Insecurity in China's Neighborhood

    10 - Current Events

    2022 Study Guide

    Access Here

    Competition format this year:

    In Rounds 1-10, each team submits their answer using an electronic clicker system, concealing their answers to all except the computer.  In the Final Round, the top two teams will go head-to-head to compete for 1st and 2nd place. These two teams will be invited up on stage and the 1st placed team will go first.  They will be asked an open-ended question and have 30 seconds to answer.  A correct answer wins them a point.  An incorrect answer sends the question to the 2nd place team, who will have 15 seconds to answer, for a chance to "steal" the point.  Then the 2nd place team will get the next question.  The round will continue like this until one team gets to 5 points.


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